Finance: The mandatory implementation of the “ACI” system in air ports begins in January 2023

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Mohamed Maait, confirmed the extension of the trial period for the pre-registration system for shipments (ACI) in air ports until December 31, provided that the mandatory application will begin on January 1, 2023, instead of October 1, 2022.

Maait continued: The decision came in response to the business community of those dealing with the customs system, to facilitate them and to take into account the current global and local conditions, and after the approval of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, to give importers, customs extractors, air freight agents, companies exporting to Egypt and international multinational companies additional time to adjust their status and register. On the new system, and training on it, in a way that contributes to the success of this new system in a way that helps in facilitating and mechanizing procedures, and expanding the pre-clearance of customs clearance of goods before they reach the ports, thus reducing the cost of goods and services, and banning the entry of inferior goods into the market.

The minister indicated the ministry’s keenness to provide a longer period of time for all foreign companies and exporters to complete their preparations to deal with the new system. Especially in light of the continuing impact of the Corona pandemic, the war in Europe, and its impact on global supply and supply chains, and the intensification of the inflationary wave; In order to ensure benefiting from the facilities offered by this system, reaching the highest levels of governance for commodity imports at Egyptian ports, and adhering to quality standards for imported commodities.

Al-Shahat Ghatouri, head of the Customs Authority, said that we are continuing to overcome any obstacles in front of importers and their agents from customs brokers and air freight agents, and to provide all means of technical support to them in order to facilitate their accession to the ACI pre-registration system, where training courses are held, at the Ministry’s headquarters. or “online”, for all parties to the customs system, whether the business community or the parties concerned with implementing the “ACI” system in air ports; Within the framework of our keenness to provide all the ingredients for success to achieve the desired goals of the citizens.

Ghatouri called on those who deal with the customs system who import goods from abroad through air ports, to quickly join the ACI system of pre-registration of shipments, through the electronic portal of the “Wifeza” platform:, and to benefit from the facilities offered provided by the new system, explaining that importers and their customs brokers must submit all shipment documents before shipping goods at air ports; Obtaining the customs registration number «ACID».

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